Welcoming & Raising Children

We greet each child with affection and joy. Every baby comes to us full of promise and potential. As parents, we are privileged to welcome them into our families, our communities and the embrace of the Jewish people. Raising children to adulthood, we encounter many milestones along the way. Children are weaned, lose their teeth, and start school. Some get their driver’s licenses and eventually leave home for good. Here are rituals for welcoming children and for celebrating the milestones on their paths to adulthood.

Talmud Berachot 17a

By Lawrence Kushner, Translator
"May your eyes sparkle with the light of Torah and your ears hear the music of its words" — a prayer for our children based on a talmudic passage   more

Everything Possible

Lyrics and music by Fred Small
A beautiful song, a lullaby, about fully accepting our children and offering them complete freedom to become themselves.   more

On Children

Lyrics by Khalil Gibran, Music by Ysaye M. Barnwell
Lyrics adapted from the poem "On Children" by Kahlil Gibran author of The Prophet   more